NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to make a point when it comes to texting while driving in New York.READ MORE: Ray Of Hope For Irate Retirees After New York City Changes Health Benefits For 250,000 Workers
Drivers are about to see the penalty — an increase from three to five points off their driver’s licenses.
Cuomo said Friday that the change will go into effect starting Saturday. The penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.
“As the father of three teenagers, I know firsthand the importance of instilling safe practices in our young drivers who are developing lifelong habits as they learn to navigate the road,” Cuomo said. “Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination – one this legislation seeks to deter. We are urging young and inexperienced drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, while putting stronger penalties in place for drivers of all ages who violate the law and put others in danger. No parent should have to experience losing a child at the hands of a text message.”